Costco Karen’s epic tantrum over mask
An unidentified customer has gone viral for refusing to wear a face mask at Costco amid the coronavirus health crisis.
The shopper in the United States argued with an employee over the policy, asked to speak with her manager and plopped down to sit near the entry - all while a face mask dangled from her ear.
"New 'Costco Karen'' Sighting," a Twitter user joked on Thursday, sharing the now-viral video footage of the disgruntled shopper's meltdown in a two-minute clip that has since been viewed more than 70,000 times.
"Karen" is a pejorative term that has emerged to label a demanding, middle-aged white woman who displays a sense of overbearing entitlement in various societal confrontations.
New ‘Costco Karen’ Sighting —throws 3-yr-old type tantrum— sits on the floor and won’t leave because “this is America..” —tries to lie about medical condition then changes her mind 🤦🏻♂️ pic.twitter.com/GLDmPDnGar— ONLY iN LVNV ➐ (@OnlyInLVNV) July 2, 2020
The camera began rolling at the Merchandise Returns counter when a Costco employee asked the woman if she had a medical reason for not wearing a mask.
The customer said that she did not have a medical reason for refusing to wear a mask, instead exclaiming, "I am a United States citizen!"
"OK, well, you have to wear your mask in Costco though. It's a private property," the employee replied. "There is something hanging off your ear right now," she added, referencing the mask hanging from one of the shopper's ears.
"No! I am not a member of Costco," the woman fired back. From there, the customer asked to speak to the employee's boss.
"He's going to require the same. If you want to step outside here I'll have him come meet you outside," the Costco worker said.
"No, I'm staying right here," the woman replied.
"You need to do that, it's our policy. We're going to walk outside," the employee insisted, pushing a cart and walking to a different area.
2nd half of video - GM shows up pic.twitter.com/m5mtrEOmhs— ONLY iN LVNV ➐ (@OnlyInLVNV) July 5, 2020
Following behind for a moment, the shopper then dropped to sit in the middle of the store and refused to move.
After rejecting the employee's offers of a chair or another place to sit, the woman agreed to move off to the side and sat down again away from other customers and their carts.
Then, in a second video clip, a manager and another employee are seen coming to speak with her.
Shame on her! She has a mask, put it on, and stop being a big old baby! 👶— Catherine #StayHome (@hockeymom1965) July 2, 2020
Bless that Costco employee who handled it all with grace, patience and good cheer! She is awesome.— Catherine M-T (@CatherineMT2) July 5, 2020
"I am an American. I have constitutional rights!" the woman yelled during their conversation, while seated on the ground.
The Daily Mail reports that the incident occurred at a Costco in Oregon city Hillsboro.
Social media commenters had little patience for the shopper's antics and refusal to wear a face mask inside the warehouse club.
According to the superstore's COVID-19 updates page, all Costco members and guests must wear a face mask that covers their mouth and nose at all times inside the store.
Exceptions are made for children under age two and anyone who cannot wear a face mask due to a medical condition.
However, "the use of a face covering should not be seen as a substitute for social distancing," the face-covering requirement policy states.
"Please continue to observe rules regarding appropriate distancing while on Costco premises."
This article originally appeared on Fox News and was reproduced with permission
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